Ronnie Wilson Biography – Ronnie Wilson Wiki
Ronnie Wilson was a founding member of the famed R&B and funk group The Gap Band. He founded the group with his brothers, Charlie and Robert in 1967. The Wilson brothers originally named the group after three streets targeted in the 1921 Tulsa race massacre: Greenwood, Archer and Pine, according to the group’s website. They eventually shortened the name to the Gap Band, beginning a musical journey to stardom together.
“We used to be called the Greenwood Archer Pine Street Band,” Charlie said on the band’s website, “but that was a bit too much to put on posters, so we abbreviated it to G.A.P. Band. Then once, through a typographical error, the periods disappeared and out popped the GAP Band.”
During the band’s early career they opened for major hit bands like The Rolling Stones, and supported J.J. Cale, Willie Nelson, D.J. Rogers, and Leon Russell. Throughout their career they have performed with an eclectic set of other performers such as, Frankie Beverly and Maze, The Isley Brothers, R. Kelly, Mary J. Blige, L.L. Cool J, Destiny’s Child, Ashanti, Ja Rule, and Dru Hill.
From the late 70’s to early 80’s the band dominated the R & B charts with their hard driving funk grooves. Four of the band’s nine albums went platinum plus (The Gap Band II, The Gap Band III, The Gap Band IV, and Gap Band V – Jammin), selling millions of records and including 15 Top Ten R & B hits, and four #1 R & B hits, such as, “You Dropped a Bomb on Me,” “Party Train,” “Burn Rubber,” “Outstanding,” “Oops Upside Your Head,” “Early in the Morning,” and the smooth love song, “Yearning for Your Love.” “Outstanding,” alone remains one of the most sampled songs in history and has been used by over an astonishing 150 artists, including, Madonna, Tina Turner, Will Smith, Usher, George Michael, and even Laker’s Center Shaquille O’Neal to name a few, according to the band’s website.
Ronnie Wilson Age
He passed away on November 2, 2021. He was 73 years old.
Ronnie Wilson Wife
He was married to Linda Boulware-Wilson.
Ronnie Wilson Family
He was the son of a Pentecostal minister. He had two brothers, Charlie and Robert Wilson. Robert, who was the bassist for the band, died at the age of 53 in 2010. Charlie Wilson, who was the lead singer in the band, still performs solo.
Ronnie Wilson Death
The Gap Band’s Ronnie Wilson died at the age of 73, his wife confirmed on November 2, 2021 on social media. “The love of my life was called home this morning, at 10:01am,” Ronnie Wilson’s wife Linda Boulware-Wilson wrote in a Facebook post. “Please continue to pray for The Wilson, Boulware, and Collins family, while we mourn his passing.
“Ronnie Wilson was a genius with creating, producing, and playing the flugelhorn, Trumpet, keyboards, and singing music, from childhood to his early seventies,” she added. “He will be truly missed!!!”
Ronnie Wilson Cause of Death
His cause of death was not revealed. He suffered from multiple strokes. The US Sun reported that a week before his passing, Ronnie suffered from a stroke that put him into a semi-coma.
Ronnie Wilson Net Worth
Ronnie Wilson Gap Band net worth: He had an estimated net worth of $1 million.